dreamSTATE "Passage" CDr
dreamSTATE, consisting of Scott M2 and Jamie Todd, belongs for the very long time to leading acts on Canadian ambient scene as the curators of The Ambient Ping, a Toronto based creative community. Both these musicians are known as gifted and respected multimedia artists.
"Passage" is no exception as it's based on "Bread & Water", the multimedia installation at the Huron Historic Gaol in Goderich, Ontario (ran through October 2004) and inspired by the poetry of Lynn Harrigan from her collection "Moon Sea Crossing" that tells the life story of Aina, an Irish woman who immigrated to Canada with her family during the 1840s and settled in the District of Huron. "Crossing" opens the story with its beautifully floating ambience, later spiced by few tight moments, the music is deeply immersing and nostalgic. "Clearing" progresses into more environmental and fairly rhythmed structure. Dreamy organic airwaves on "Watershed" traverse later into more obscure and uneasy stage documenting change in the tale when Aina's life turns into struggling periods that lead to mental breakdown. To capture these life sequences, tighten abyssal dronescapes enter the fore on the next two compositions, "Fall" and "Captive". Ethereal intro on "Stone And Sky" moves towards more intense sound with slowly evolving and rotating texture, at the end all the tension peacefully fades away. But "Gyre" is again based on some gloomy and frightening atmospherics. Closing "Watershed Reprise" displays with tranquil organic washes the hope for Aina's return to normal life.
The music of dreamSTATE is very intimate and emotional, because the duo masterfully bridges the story with the sonics. The sound quality of the recording is superb too and just the same can be said on highly informative artwork. Exploring dreamSTATE's unique soundworlds is a truly multidimensional rewarding experience. And I really hope to hear in the future more new projects from these crafted Canadians.
Richard Gürtler (Jul 06, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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